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Bellewether

Fans of Susanna Kearsley have waited three years for Bellewether and I think the majority will find that this novel lives up to their hopes and expectations. Charley Van Hoek doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she does believe in family. When her brother dies, Charley goes to Long Island’s Norths ...

A
The Summer Wives

I've been intrigued for years by things I've heard about Beatriz Williams' work, but it wasn't until I picked up her latest novel, The Summer Wives, that I realized what a master storyteller the author really is. Reading this book has been one of the high points of my summer, and I can't wait for ot ...

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Minding the Light

As a New Englander who knows a bit about Nantucket’s whaling history, I was looking forward to Suzanne Woods Fisher’s continuation of her Nantucket Legacy series about characters involved in this profession at its height. Sadly, a few unfortunate choices sent Minding the Light crashing into th ...

B+
Breathless

In Breathless, their sequel to A Courtesan’s Guide to Getting Your Man, Celeste Bradley and Susan Donovan present readers with this enjoyable story of an amnesiac courtesan who becomes a muse and a professor of sociology discovering a yen for adventure. Assistant Professor of Sociology Brenna A ...

B+
Echo Moon

The first two books in Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts trilogy of paranormal mysteries introduces readers to Aubrey Ellis, a woman who has been able to communicate with the dead since she was a child.  These novels centre around Aubrey and her husband, a hard-nosed investigative reporter, but in Ech ...

C
I Was Anastasia

I've long been fascinated by the story of Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, and so, when Ariel Lawhorn’s I Was Anastasia came up for review, I was thrilled to get a chance to read it. I had really high hopes for this book, but, because of some quirks in the storytelling, I found myself quite disapp ...

B-
The Broken Girls

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James: A Roundtable Discussion Simone St. James is well-loved by the staff here at AAR, so we have been eagerly anticipating her new book. The Broken Girls is a dual-timeline story centered around a boarding school for the teenaged girls society has turned its back ...

B+
The House on Foster Hill

Sometimes I pick up a book on a whim and it turns out to be fantastic. The House on Foster Hill was just such a reading experience. A 'creepy old house' novel with a gothic feel and a dual timeline story? Well, it's easy to see what drew me in here. The suspenseful story and addictive storytelling ...

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Next Year in Havana

This island will break your heart if you let it. Home, exile, family and above all, hope. These themes all figure prominently in Next Year in Havana, Chanel Cleeton's beautiful novel of love and Cuba. We see the love stories of a grandmother and her granddaughter playing out in Havana, but we also ...

B
It's You

I have loved Jane Porter’s women’s fiction since I read the almost autobiographical Flirting with Forty and Odd Mom Out. Ms. Porter is able to convey emotions in all their raw intensity so well, she puts my heart through the wringer while also providing it solace. I cannot turn the pages of her ...